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THE ACTS
OF THE APOSTLES

CHAPTER 21

e. To Tyre
21:1-6


1 And when we parted from them and set sail, we took a straight course and came to Cos, and on the next day to Rhodes, and from there to Patara.

2 And having found a ship crossing over to Phoenicia, we went on board and set sail.

3 And when we sighted aCyprus and left it on the left, we sailed to bSyria and came down to Tyre; for there the ship was to unload its cargo.

4 And when we had sought out the disciples, we remained there seven days. These 1told Paul through the aSpirit bnot to set foot in cJerusalem.

5 And when we completed the days, we went forth and went on our way, with all of them, including the women and children, aescorting us until we were outside the city. And when we had bknelt down on the beach and prayed,

6 We took leave of one another and went on board the ship; and they returned home.


f. To Ptolemais
21:7


7 And when we finished the voyage from Tyre, we arrived at Ptolemais; and we greeted the abrothers and remained with them one day.


g. To Caesarea
21:8-14


8 And on the next day we went forth and came to aCaesarea; and entering into the 1house of bPhilip the cevangelist, who was one of the dseven, we remained with him.

9 Now this man had four virgin daughters who aprophesied.

10 And while we remained there many days, a certain prophet named aAgabus came down from Judea.

11 And he came to us and took Paul's abelt; and having bound his own feet and hands, he said, Thus 1says the Holy Spirit, In this way will the Jews in Jerusalem bbind the man whose belt this is and cdeliver him into the hands of the Gentiles.

12 And when we heard these things, both 1we and those in that place entreated him anot to bgo up to Jerusalem.

13 Then Paul answered, What are you doing, weeping and breaking my heart? For I am ready not only to be bound, but also to adie in Jerusalem for the bname of the Lord Jesus.

14 And since he would not be persuaded, we became silent, saying, The awill of the Lord be done.


h. To Jerusalem, Ending the Third Journey
21:15-17


15 And after these days we gathered our baggage and went up to aJerusalem.

16 And some of the disciples from aCaesarea also went with us, bringing us to a certain Mnason of bCyprus, an early disciple, with whom we were to 1lodge.

17 And when we had 1come to aJerusalem, the bbrothers cwelcomed us gladly.


8. The Negative Influence of Judaism
21:18-26


18 And on the following day Paul went in with us to 1aJames, and all the belders were present.

19 And having greeted them, he arelated one by one the things which God did among the Gentiles through his bministry.

20 And when they heard it, they aglorified God and said to him, You observe, brother, how many 1thousands there are among the Jews who have believed; and all are 2bzealous for the claw.

21 And they have been informed concerning you that you are ateaching all the Jews throughout the nations 1apostasy from Moses, telling them bnot to circumcise their children, nor to walk according to the ccustoms.

22 What then is to be done? 1They will certainly hear that you have come.

23 Therefore do this that we tell you: We have four men who have a 1vow on themselves;

24 Take these and be 1apurified with them, and pay their 2expenses that they may 3shave their heads. And all will know that there is nothing to the things that they have been informed of concerning you, but that you yourself also walk orderly, keeping the blaw.

25 But concerning the Gentiles who have believed, we have already written, having decided that they should keep themselves from aidol sacrifices and blood and anything strangled and fornication.

26 Then Paul took the men and on the following day, 1being purified with them, entered into the temple, giving notice of the 2completion of the days of the purification, until the aoffering was offered for each one of them.


9. The Ultimate Persecution of the Jews
21:27--26:32

a. An Uproar against Paul
21:27--23:15

(1) Seized by the Jews
21:27-30


27 And when the seven days were about to be concluded, the aJews from bAsia saw him in the temple and cthrew all the crowd into confusion; and they dlaid their hands on him,

28 Crying out, 1Men of Israel, help! This is the man who ateaches all men everywhere bagainst the 2people and the law and 3this place; and further, he has even brought Greeks into the temple and has 4cprofaned this 5holy place.

29 For they had previously seen aTrophimus the Ephesian in the city with him, whom they supposed Paul had brought into the temple.

30 And the whole city was stirred, and the people ran together; and they alaid hold of Paul and bdragged him coutside the temple; and immediately the doors were shut.


(2) The Intervention of the Roman Commander
21:31-39


31 And as they were seeking to akill him, a report came up to the 1bcommander of the 2cohort that all Jerusalem was in confusion.

32 And he at once took soldiers and centurions and ran down to them. And when they saw the commander and the soldiers, they stopped beating Paul.

33 Then the commander drew near and laid hold of him and ordered him to be abound with two bchains. And he inquired who he might be and what he had done.

34 And some among the crowd were ashouting one thing, and some another. And since he could not find out the facts because of the uproar, he ordered him to be brought into the bbarracks.

35 And when Paul came to the stairs, it so happened that he was being carried by the soldiers because of the violence of the crowd;

36 For the multitude of the people were following and crying out, aAway with him!

37 And when he was about to be brought into the barracks, Paul said to the commander, Am I allowed to say anything to you? And he said, You know Greek?

38 You are not then the Egyptian who some days ago revolted and led out the four thousand men of the Assassins into the wilderness?

39 But Paul said, I am a aJewish man of bTarsus in Cilicia, a citizen of no insignificant city, and I beg you, permit me to speak to the people.


(3) Defending Himself before the Rioting Jews
21:40--22:21

40 And when he had given him permission, Paul stood on the stairs and amotioned with his hand to the people. And when there was a great silence, he addressed them in the bHebrew 1dialect, saying,